Voter rolls top 21,000

Published 10:11 pm Monday, May 26, 2014

Pike County registrars Deborah Teal, Phyllis Swindell and Benny Scarbrough sat heads down behind desks covered in paperwork on Friday afternoon.

Friday was the deadline to register to vote for the June 3 primary election and that meant the trio had to add new registered voters and update old voter information by the close of business.

There were never throngs of people in the small office or lines of prospective voters at any desk, but Teal said the last few weeks saw a steady flow of people registering to vote in Pike County’s June 3 primary election.

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“We had 80 new registrations in the last two weeks,” she said.

By Friday evening, the county’s list of registered voters was nearly 21,000. That is about 2,000 more voters than the county had six years ago. This year, nearly 80 percent of those old enough to vote in Pike County are registered to do so.

Scarbrough said Secretary of State Jim Bennett’s mobile voter ID program could raise those numbers. The bus rolled through Pike County last month, making one stop at Brundidge’s Galloway Park.

“I’d like to see it go to Pike County High School before the general election,” he said.

In addition to making photo IDs for the students, the bus could collect registration applications an encourage students to get involved.

To check your registration status, go to or call the Pike County Board of Registrars at 566-1757.